• Babajide EverBlazin

Lewandowski's exit portends bigger problems at Bayern

There's always going to be an end to every long journey, but the hope is to finish whatever journey without hassles. Robert Lewandowski recently announced in clear terms, his intention to leave Bayern Munich this summer after helping the Bavarian to their 10th consecutive league title. "My story with Bayern is over. I don't see any possibility to play for this club any more," "After what happened in the last few months I don’t see any chance to continue my career at the club. I hope they don’t make me stay just because they can." Lewandowski said during a press conference with the Poland team. Those were very bleak and comfortless words, and it shows that the recent backroom, off field and organizational turmoils at Bayern isn't stealth enough. The Poland striker notched 344 goals in 374 competitive games for the German side thus becoming one of the mainstays in the Bayern institution in the last decade, but he has chosen the confrontation path over a roundtable jawjaw. And just as one would expect, the management of the club has replied Lewandowski. Speaking to Sport1, the club CEO, Oliver Kahn said: "I can't tell you why Robert chose this path.

"Public statements like that don't get you anywhere. "Robert became world footballer here twice in a row – I think he should know what he has at Bayern.” Kahn then added: "Appreciation is not a one-way street." This rift will definitely not be of advantage to the club because this is the moment when calmness, less drama and cohesion is needed in the team given the crucial situation of things. Therefore, it's only logical for the club to let go of this unhappy striker. Also, Bayern manager, Julian Naggelsman and the club's sporting director are said to have differing opinions on many things - including this ageing squad, which a sizable number of players aren't happy with this situation. The questions therein are: What becomes of the club? How does the club get back on track? What becomes of Bayern Munich after this drama will hinge on the kind of approach and decisions taken. Considering that it's now glaring that the Poland striker will eventually leave, a younger replacement is needed to in the team. There are a couple of hitmen in the league who will fit into the economy of the club and whoever the replacement would be, he must be able to fit into the system and fire the club back to its place in Europe. At least for a club who have clearly monopolized the German league, such a club is expected to be making it to a latter stages on the continent. A last eight finish for successive seasons after lifting the trophy in 2020 speaks volume about the competitiveness of Bayern Munich outside the Bundesliga, and it could even get worse. All it requires is to act shrewdly in the transfer market and maintain a winning culture.

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